Comedian John Oliver taped the events in Kenosha last Sunday's "Last Week Tonight" and linked reactions to the shooting of Jacob Blake – and the shooting of three demonstrators, allegedly by a 17-year-old vigilante – with the "Flagrant" Double standards burned into American society. "
Oliver showed news footage of the aftermath of the shootings during Tuesday night's protest in Kenosha when three protesters were shot dead, two of them fatal. Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, who was charged in the shootings, is shown driving police vehicles past with his hands up and a long gun strapped across his chest. The footage contrasts with the video in which Blake is shot seven times in the background by Kenosha officer Rusten Sheskey when Blake tries to get into a car.
CONNECTED: Side by side two videos from Kenosha: A black man is shot seven times from behind; A white teenager with a gun walks past the police
"Why two different answers? I think the answer to that is pretty obvious. It's the same reason there was a video before the shooting (at Tuesday's protest) of police trying to enforce a curfew on protesters themselves if they offer this water to Rittenhouse and the militia, and I quote: "We appreciate you who really do."
To highlight the differences in the response from Kenosha law enforcement agencies, Oliver also showed a clip by Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis saying the protesters who were shot should not have been outside after the curfew. and a two-year-old video by Kenosha County's Sheriff David Beth advocating a detailed plan for the detention of offenders that included being unable to father more children, adding, "We need to stop being politically correct be."
Comedian John Oliver hosts "Last Week Tonight" and broadcasts on HBO Sunday night. (Photo: Courtesy of HBO)
"Sorry, can I interrupt you there quickly?" Oliver answers. "Because there is nothing politically wrong with preventing American citizens from having young children like Germany in the 1940s."
Oliver called the events in Kenosha "particularly annoying" because they took place during last week's Republican National Convention, where he said the rhetoric focused on showing that America was not racist while "fear of violent crimes threatening law-abiding citizens ".
He noted that Los Angeles Clippers coach and former Marquette basketball star Doc Rivers summed it up best at a press conference Tuesday when he shot the speeches at the RNC as "spitting out that fear … we're going to be killed" become. We are the ones who have been denied access to certain churches. We were hung, we were shot, and all you do is keep hearing about fear. It's amazing to me why I continue to love this country and this country doesn't love us back. "
Pointing out as a ray of hope the wildcat strikes started by the Milwaukee Bucks and spreading to the rest of the NBA, WNBA players and other sports, Oliver shared the message of Blake's sister Letetra Widman at a press conference Tuesday: " I attract I don't want your pity. I want change. "
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